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ECM New Se­ries

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Duo Gaz­zana, who are the Ital­ian sis­ters Natascia Gaz­zana (vi­o­lin) and Raf­faella Gaz­zana (piano), of­fers a se­lec­tion of back­ward­look­ing works writ­ten be­tween 1922 and 2009. The real sur­prise is the ear­li­est, Wil­liam Wal­ton’s Toc­cata, a bit­ing, hard-hit­ting take on a cen­turies-old style, quite out of keep­ing with the tenor of English mu­sic in the 1920s. The lat­est, Valentin Sil­ve­strov’s Hom­mage à J.S.B., is in the Ukrainian com­poser’s typ­i­cally med­i­ta­tive and mus­ing style, and ends with the ef­fect of a heav­en­ward drift. The play­ers’ stud­ied man­ner brings Al­fred Sch­nit­tke’s 1972 Suite in the old style close to the world of Kreisler’s baroque recre­ations. Poulenc’s 1943 Vi­o­lin Sonata sounds soft-cen­tred, Luigi Dal­lapic­cola’s Tar­tini­ana sec­onda of 1956 af­fec­tion­ately play­ful. url.ie/kh67

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